Rich manages to capture the messiness of the human experience, having his characters live in the gray moral reality rather than the black-and-white dichotomies presented in the abstract.
Darren LaCour teaches music theory at Lindenwood University and Washington University in St. Louis and occasionally serves as Adjunct Assistant Professor at Webster University. He writes on jazz, race, and culture, primarily concerning the music of Duke Ellington. Though he was born in the New Orleans area, he considers his main authority on the city to be gastronomic.
Posts by Darren LaCour
The real Elvis is American, remember, and America is a consumer society. The desires we project, the stuff we buy—that is what feels real to us. It lets us have any Elvis we want. He left plenty of kitsch in his wake, plenty of pseudo-religion, plenty of Elvis jokes—but he was not, is not, a joke. He lived our contradictions, released our inhibitions, and lost himself in the process.